Take a walk or bike ride around Champchevrier
Continue your visit by enjoying a moment of relaxation on our deckchairs in the shade of the 200 year old chestnut tree or discovering the flora and fauna of the family forest, the real garden of the Château, and its surroundings. We can give you a map to indicate the vast marked footpaths, between woods, meadows, ponds and old farms.
Maritime pines planted in the 19th century and gave their name to the village of Cléré-les-Pins. Formerly inhabited by wolves these woods belong to the still very gamey area of Château de Champchevrier, the epicenter of your walk. For a beautiful day, live a bucolic experience!
Hiking trails starting at Champchevrier
Vast and varied, the hiking trails in the Cléré-les-Pins forest are open to families and lovers of nature, history and heritage. In the heart of this beautiful wooded site which was particularly appreciated by Louis XIII you to start and finish at Château de Champchevrier
Elevation : 61 m
Level : easy
Distance : 13 km
Duration : 3h15
A/ Leave the Château de Champchevrier and start your hike by following the yellow markings.
B/ The Roucherets pond
At the next crossroads, turn left towards Emotouses then turn right after 600 meters to reach the Roucherets pond (where it is particularly pleasant to make a stop in hot weather).
C/ La boule de fort
Take the path on your right which leads to the stadium. Pass in front of the game of boule de fort: a game of skill in which the opponents must throw their boule (flattened at both ends) on a curved ground, as close as possible to the master (a sort of jack). Then cross the road and take the sandy path opposite. About 200 meters further on, turn left and head towards Place du Champ de Foire ( the fairground).
D/ Passage near Cléré-les-Pins
Continue on your right to a place called Les Cormiers.
E/ Les Cormiers and its Hostellerie Saint-Louis was the seat of a fiefdom where the lords of Champchevrier administered justice. The three medieval inns in this town served as a stopover for peasants who brought their herds of piglets from the Bourgueil region to be sold in Paris. Turn right onto the small asphalt road, then immediately left onto a path lined with trees and fields.
F/ The tourangelle countryside
When you reach a crossroads, in front of a house, turn right and follow the path lined with houses typical of the region. At the crossroads, continue your hike straight down the sandy forest path.
G/ Le Janay
At the intersection, take to the right and walk to a place called Le Janay. Take the small paved road towards La Guerrerie; on your right you will see one of the curiosities of the region: a heather lodge covered with Virginia creeper. These lodges, typical for Touraine, are built with uprights pine or chestnut wood and covered with heather; they are resistant to bad weather and are often used to house agricultural equipment. 150 meters before the “stop” sign, turn left and then cross the departmental road 34.
H/ The Champchevrier woods
Continue through the places of Cartes, Ouaillerie (another heather lodge) and Choquette. Then keep to the right and follow the large forest path towards the Château de Champchevrier. There, it is not uncommon to meet or cross paths with all kinds of animals: deer, rabbits, squirrels, wild boars ...
I/ Back at Château de Champchevrier
Download the map published by Touraine Val de Loire: click here
Places to visit near Château de Champchevrier
A family day out at Lake Rillé, 14 km away
Canoe, pedal boat, tourist train, bicycle rental… Lake Rillé offers a moment of relaxation in a preserved environment. An ornithological observatory and a botanical path allow you to discover the richness of the flora and fauna.
To vary the pleasures, do not hesitate to test your agility and your skill on the tree top trail and the paddle boards of Baud'Rillé Adventure Parc, at the mini-golf with the birds and at the Wake Park!
Discover Lake Rillé with the family
The historic Rillé steam train.
Every summer, the historic Rillé steam train allows you to relive, during a journey, the fabulous and wonderful times of your grandparents. The oozing steam, the whistle spewing out all its steam, the smell of burning coal ... So many memories to discover or rediscover as a family!
Hiking on Lake Rillé
Near the village of Rillé, discover the lake and walk along its shores to admire the superb landscapes, its fauna and flora and, why not, board a century-old steam train!
Find more information on this hike at Lake Rillé and to download the map published by Touraine Val de Loire: click here